November 18, 2011

Woman injured during 2-vehicle moose crash

BY ERIN RHODA Staff Writer

JOHNSON MOUNTAIN TOWNSHIP -- A woman was injured Wednesday when her car ran into an injured moose that had already been struck by another vehicle.

Phoebe Payne, 70, of Mount Vernon, was driving south on U.S. Route 201 when her 2005 Toyota Camry ran into a moose, according to a statement from Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi, with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.

The car, which Payne swerved in an attempt to avoid the moose, ended up in a ditch. It was destroyed. Payne was taken by ambulance to the Jackman Region Health Center with non life-threatening injures.

The yearling moose was killed.

Before Payne's car hit the moose, a Chevrolet truck traveling south also hit it, according to the press release. The truck was driven by Arthur Pierce, of Gardiner, and was not damaged. Pierce was not injured.

Deputy Don Avery responded to the crash, which was reported at 4:57 p.m. He was assisted by U.S. Border Patrol and the West Forks and Jackman-Moose River fire departments.

Erin Rhoda -- 612-2368

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